Oman portrays the true essence of Arabia
& what signifies Arabia better than an ocean of sand dunes in shades
of orange to hues of amber! Oman's name is closely associated with
desert landscapes which is an extension of the Bedouin lifestyle with
its ancient associations of traditional culture and authentic original
Sand dune bashing, sand boarding, camel
riding, camping or simply witnessing the sun set go down on the golden
sands are some of the best ways to cherish this experience.
Not far from the beaches of Muscat with
its harmonious architecture, and within walking distance from the
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in the heart of the capital, one will find
golden hills packed with drivers who enjoy sand-dune bashing with
their SUVs, or those who enjoy gliding on the sand bikes that are easy
to rent in this area.
Many visitors like to climb the hills to
watch the sunset bidding farewell to Muscat, with its white-washed
buildings surrounded by fresh greenery on those beautiful hills.
The great Wahiba sands are longitudinal
dunes 200 km long and 100 km wide running south from the Eastern
Hajjar to the Arabian Sea. The dunes are 100-150 metres high in shades
of colour from orange to hues of amber. Bedouin camps can be found
along the tracks and trails in this isolated desert. Where the sands
meet the ocean, outcrops of aolianite (sand compressed into rock) can
be found displaying unusual and attractive abstract shapes. Here the
beaches mellow into soft shades of yellows and whites.
Desert Night Camps -
by endless sprawling red gold dunes, Desert Nights Camp is an
intimate place to stay, to share secrets, to relax. Retreat to your
private Bedouin style tent with its surrounding expanse of silken
sand. A cosy sit-out, a luxurious bed under a linen canopy suffused
with golden light, tiled rooms, tasteful Arabian furnishings and an
extravagant bathroom await you. Warm and efficient service is
available whenever required in this romantic and adventurous
getaway. The fragrance of frankincense and myrrh will take you back
in time to a medieval world.
With 24 double tented units, the camp
can accommodate a maximum of 64 guests. All units open out to
spectacular views of the golden red Wahib sands of the desert.
Thousand Nights Camps -
Nights Camp is located in an isolated part of Wahiba Sands and is
the only one of its kind in this area. The camp has 10 genuine
hand-made Bedouin wool tents, which are scattered under the
Cineraria trees for more privacy. They are furnished in a unique
style with Arabic carpets, two stylish comfortable beds, table and
chairs and towels. There is also a restaurant where guests can
sample Arabic and Omani cuisine. The camp has no electricity so at
night it is lit by candles and lamps.